The 37-year-old Garcia was wild, walking four and throwing just 37 strikes in 71 pitches. His performance could go a long way in preventing him from landing a roster spot.
The return to health and possibly the form of
"The competition is there," Farrell told the Boston Herald. "But we haven't arrived at a conclusion with Grady yet. ... We still have to get answers to some questions that aren't there yet. There's still going to be that looming question of what's the total number of games played? We want to be sure to keep that trajectory going upward rather than have any kind of setback because we've taken too quick a step."
The former perennial all-star with Cleveland has been impressive in his comeback and is even being considered for the leadoff spot this season.
Wacha is among the most promising young pitchers in the game. He showed glimpses of his talent at the major league level last season by compiling a 4-1 record and 2.78 ERA. He fanned more than one batter per inning.
Hughes, who signed a three-year offseason deal with the Twins, coud benefit from pitching half his games at Target Field rather than in Yankee Stadium and its short right-field porch.
His performance marked an upgrade from his first outing of the exhibition season in which he yielded two home runs in three innings.
Keuchel has been lights-out so far. He has yielded just one hit in five shutout innings in two appearances. He is off to a strong start in his quest to land a rotation spot after a poor 2013 in which he lost 10 of 16 decisions and compiled a 5.15 ERA.
Reports that free agent pitcher
Santana has received increased attention since coming off his demand for a four-year deal.